He pleaded guilty to running an investment scam. He skipped out on a hearing on drug -related charges in Philadelphia. He was once arrested for soliciting prostitution from an undercover Broward sheriff's deputy. He allegedly abandoned his son and has not paid child support for 11 years.
That's Michael Dippolito's rap sheet from the past two decades. Now, it appears he also has some links to organized crime.
In May of this year, Dippolito told the Boynton Beach police that before he was
arrested for running the investment scam, "he was involved with two subjects from Boynton Beach, who were recently arrested and linked to organized crime," according to a police report.
This scintillating piece of information emerged because Dippolito and his wife, Dalia, called the police on May 27 to complain about some "on-going suspicious occurrences" in their lives.
Dippolito told the police that he was in the process of trying to get off probation for his crimes, but he thought someone was trying to foil that plan. He said "unknown persons have been setting him up in hopes he is arrested for possession of narcotics."
Remember, this was two-and-half months before Dalia Dippolito was arrested for allegedly trying to have her husband killed. At this point, neither the police nor Dippolito knew of her plans.
Dippolito just knew strange things were going on. While he and Dalia were staying at the Ritz-Carlton in Manalapan, police received an anonymous tip that he was dealing drugs out of his truck. They inspected his car and didn't find anything.
About two weeks later, West Palm Beach police at approached him at CityPlace because they'd been told there were drugs under his spare tire. Sure enough, they found some bags of cocaine.Dippolito explained his suspicions about being set up, and was not charged.
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A few weeks later, Dippolito found a note on his truck asking for $40,000. "Do not tell anyone especially your wife," the note said. "I will tell you all that has happen[sic] to you, is happening to you and what will happen on Friday."
That's when Dippolito called the Boynton police. But he didn't cast any suspicions on his wife. Instead, the officer who interviewed him wrote that Dippolito "appeared overly paranoid, expressing extreme concern for his welfare and safety. Michael, in his own words stated, 'I wish whoever this is, will just break my car windows, or even just shoot me and get it over with already.'"
Dippolito went on to explain his links to the people involved with organzied crime. And in his report, the Boynton police officer accepted Dippolito's explanation.
He concluded that "the person(s) responsible for this were affiliated with Micahel during his prior criminal activity. There is no identity on the person(s) as of this time."